Here’s one way the British are ahead of America, as you unfortunately won’t see anything similar here anytime soon: “The rise of Miliband brings at last the prospect of an atheist prime minister” by AC Grayling, in The Guardian.
One particular point Prof. Grayling makes stands out in particular:
Atheist leaders are more likely to take a literally down-to-earth view of the needs, interests and circumstances of people in the here and now, and will not be influenced by the belief that present sufferings and inequalities will be compensated in some posthumous dispensation. This is not a trivial point: for most of history those lower down the social ladder have been promised a perch at the top when dead, and kept quiet thereby. The claim that in an imperfect world one’s hopes are better fixed on the afterlife than on hopes of earthly paradises is official church doctrine.